Will Ryan made his Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games, where he claimed silver alongside Mathew Belcher in the men’s 470 class. Going into the medal race they had been guaranteed at least a bronze but were up against Croatia and Greece for first and second on the podium. The Aussies, trailing Croatia by 13 points and Greece by two before the double-points final race, needed to be seven boats clear of Croatia to win an unlikely gold, or one boat ahead of Greece for the silver. Croatia finished eighth to claim gold, Australia ninth for silver and Greece 10th for bronze.
Ryan was the training partner for Belcher and Malcolm Page in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics, where they won gold.
He grew up at Lake Macquarie and has been sailing alongside sister and fellow Rio Team member Jaime since he was a child.
Although a latecomer to sail boat racing, Ryan first went out on the waters of Sydney Harbour at only a few days old on-board his Grandfathers yacht, which he later lived on while working to fund his Olympic aspirations. Ryan was the youngest competitor in the 2006 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.